Welcome to Sacred Grief
Nurturing Connection Within Ourselves, Between One Another, and With Life
Sacred Grief programs are for those whose hearts are broken open by personal, collective, ecological, and ancestral loss. For those who are searching for grief work that is holistic, pragmatic and soul-nourishing. For those who want to cultivate embodied and spiritual presence with themselves and others in the passage that grief invites. For those who seek connection with the wider field of relationships and their ancestors towards healing, wisdom, and an invitational embrace of grief as belonging. For those who experience grief as a clarion call into spiritually grounded, culturally mindful action and eldering. And for those whose vocational path is holding space within the thresholds of change.
Sacred Grief is for those who desire meaningful ways to be with grief and resilience as a sacred practice towards personal and collective healing.
Explore multiple paths towards cultivating a life-affirming relationship to grieving, personally and professionally.
Roots to Resiliency Path - foundational programs to deepen your relationship to grief and healing, for yourself and for supporting others, within cultural, ancestral, therapeutic, and ritual contexts.
Feeding the Forest Path - further training programs and resources to deepen your skills and efficacy providing grief support and trauma-informed healing presence to others in 1:1 and group facilitation contexts.
Becoming the Mountain Path - longer-form
immersion programs and mentoring into ritual, therapeutic, and ancestral skills and
practices to deepen your vocation in tending personal and collective thresholds of change
All programs are trauma-informed, somatics-based, anti-oppressive and rooted in animism and decolonizing values. In the sentiments of Roshi Joan Halifax, Sacred Grief is about creating a collective community that has been deeply humanized by grief.
~Our grief does not need healing. Our healing needs our grief~
Since I started learning from you in early 2020, I feel such gratitude for what has
come in as a result of your teachings.
I now have a reliable and natural connection to four
elevated ancestors. I have an established sense of how grief is
an anchor for my activist work. Oh, "anchor" really doesn't capture
it...it's like grief is what makes it all work. Most times now, this collective
grief just wants to live as a ground-ness, a catalytic backdrop, a
distortion-preventer, and a friend who waves in and out. I am so very
grateful to you for the ways you have opened these aspects up for my
growth and exploration. I can see how they have given me so much
capacity to be in dynamic, intimate community--something that is
essential for me.
Sacred Grief Programs
Roots to Resiliency
Roots to Resiliency is a learning path for deepening your relationship to the practice of grief, ritual and ancestral healing, for yourself and by extension into your care roles and support contexts. These are foundational programs nourishing the roots of embodiment, cultural awareness, ritual healing, Spirit relations, and ancestral support for grieving and loving. Programs include:
Coming Back to Ourselves: Embodiment and Culture in Grieving
- February 28th, 2024
Belonging to the World: Relationship and Ritual for the Heart of Grief
- October 2nd, 2024
Immanence: Grounded Practices to Support Our Spirit Relationships
- May 8th, 2024
Tending the Taproot: A Community of Practice
- next 3 month cohort TBA
- next 3 month cohort TBA
Shauna Janz holds a safe and spacious environment in which to learn in. Her courses opened a door of which I had been standing in front of for a very long while. Shauna is a fiercely grounded and tender facilitator whose knowledge and understanding of grief, ancestral healing, and ritual, seems unending. You can feel her embodied understanding of what it means to hold space for folx interested in transforming grief. She took the 'woo woo' out of things that I have been interested in for decades and put the “WOW” back in. I am forever grateful and look forward to continuing to learn with her .
Traci Foster- Artistic Director and Mentor
Feeding the Forest
Feeding the Forest is a training path for deepening your capacity to be alongside others through difficult experiences with dignity and humanity. These programs offer guidance to cultivate your grief support and helping roles through therapeutic skills, soulful approaches, and trauma-informed presence. Programs include:
Healing Conversations: Five Guiding Principles to Support Someone Grieving
- mini course, self paced, enrol anytime
Supporting Dignity Through Grief: Soulful Approaches and Therapeutic Skills
- 8 module training, self-paced, enrol anytime
Trauma-Informed Grief Support: A Professional Development Workshop (Pt 1)
- January 11th & 12th, 2024
- Second offering in 2024 TBA
Facilitating Grief: Considerations for Support Groups and Grief Rituals (Pt 2)
I am a psychotherapist often working with folks managing and
healing their trauma responses and histories alongside the interconnection with
unexpressed grief, which prompted me to join this training. Some of the content
was not new to me, but that which was I was able to use immediately in my sessions, while the refresher of content also enhanced my
practice. What ended up being a powerful lesson was Shauna's facilitation,
which was rooted in compassion and clear and direct communication. Her holding
of our and her boundaries created a tangible honesty that left me never having
to question her intentions or capacity, allowing me to fully root into the
content. This lived lesson served as a powerful example for myself as
facilitator and container holder for others, an example that is often not
present in teaching, healing or co-creating spaces.
Alice Hacker - LCSW
Becoming the Mountain
Becoming the Mountain is an immersive path of longer-form programs and extended mentoring to deepen your vocation tending to your own and others healing towards personal and cultural change. These programs are a deep dive into ritual healing, ancestral relations, and liberatory practices while fostering a peer community of support and accountability to refine your medicine and offerings.
Of Stone, Bone and Water: Ancestral Healing and Ritualist Training
- September 2023 to June 2024
- October 2024 to July 2025
Elder Wisdom: Rooting in Lineages of Liberation (co-led with Tamira Cousett)
- March 15th, 2024
Mentoring Circles - small peer groups, meeting once a month
- 4 month cohorts, ongoing enrolments
I've taken several classes centred around ancestral
healing; some were "apolitical" and created deeply unsafe containers, so I came in pretty skeptical about signing up for this. Shauna and this program exceeded my expectations. She relayed the information in
very clear ways, while leaving lots of room for mystery. She facilitated
beautiful live calls, and radically modelled how to allow grief into the space.
Decolonization, dismantling white supremacy, and what ancestral healing means
for folks who have colonizer ancestors was at the forefront of her work. As
someone with settler colonizer ancestors, her compassion and rigour in working
with the deep, complex questions around decolonization was really good
A.W. - Performing Artist, Director, Activist
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There must be those among whom we can sit down and weep, and still be
counted as warriors
~ Adrienne Rich